The Canadian mens U-20 roster has been announced ahead of the CONCACAF U-20 championship and it's chock full of Whitecaps Residency Products. Call-ups currently in Vancouver's first team include goalkeeper Marco Carducci, defender Sam Adekugbe, and attacking midfielders Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese.
Jordan Haynes (current Residency player) and Jackson Farmer (Residency graduate) also made the team, which should bode well for their chances of winning Whitecaps 2 (USL Pro) contracts.
In addition to the Whitecaps players currently in the system, a number of U-20 selections are residency graduates who've gone on to play in college or abroad.
These players are goalkeeper Nolan Wirth (Oregon State University), defender Chris Serban (University of British Columbia) and Alexander Comsia (Strasbourg).
With almost half of the U-20 roster consisting of former residency players, something good must be going on behind the scenes. Despite the various failings of the Caps front office over the past few years, the Residency is looking stronger than ever.
The Canadian U-20's will play their first game of the CONCACAF Championship against Haiti on January 10. It will be interesting and exciting to see how the team performs after a promising few friendlies against England (tied 2-2), Russia (Won 2-1), and the USA (Won 1-0) in 2014.